This year at work there was a contest to make the best ornament for the Christmas tree. We, the IT Department, almost never participate in these activities. Well, this year we did. At work I was shown a star cut from a computer motherboard by Robert. Amanda asked, “Hey, can you put lights on this?” I said “Yes, I can use an Arduino”. I took the star home to made a prototype.
The prototype took a couple hours to cobble together and program. The program makes the lights dim, get brighter and blink using an Arduino UNO some LEDs and resisters. I brought this back to work and everyone liked it. A few more holes were drilled and given back to me with a CPU glued into the socket.
Below it he back of the ornament I ended up with…
The finished ornament! There was no hole for the LED on the leg with the power plug, so I brought the LED around to the front of the star.
My workstation on the kitchen table with a $5 soldering iron.
The ornament did not win the contest at work.
We will have tickets for sale at the door:
Learn to Solder Badges:
We will have a limited quanity of Learn to Solder Badges for sale at the Mesa ticket booth
next to the Beall. Learn to Solder badges are $3 each.
Edit: Learn to Solder Badges will be at the Mesa gate, which is in viewing distance from the Learn to Solder booth.
The closure of the 405 should not affect your trip into or out of Orange County for people traveling down from the north.
We have received a few messages from folks concerned by the 405 closure on how it will affect their trip to the OC Mini Maker Faire. The 405’s 20 hour closure does not start until 9:00 PM an Saturday and should reopen on or before 5:00 PM on Sunday. The faire closes at 5:00 PM Saturday leaving plenty of time to get past the 405, 22 intersection where the closure is going to happen.
We had an astromech droid and robots.
We had cupcakes and Quadcopters.
We had things in motion… Cecil the SeeSaw and Nick on his home made powered skateboard.
We had music from Jason with his Cigar Box Guitars and the sounds of 3D printers.
DAT Space ran a Learn to Solder Booth.
What a Great Day!
Someone pointed out this video to us on YouTube!
Thanks to everyone that came out and helped out. It was fantastic!
[Hey Bill Hsu, thanks for taking these pictures!]
Just bought three copies of the OC Register for keepsakes and to send to Internet Limited family.
OC Mini Maker Faire 2012 in the OC Register!
When walking around the OC Mini Maker Faire look at the signs! Natalie made all the signs for our event! They look fantastic!
Wanna know something else? Natalie is Producing and Hosting the Swap-o-Rama Fashion Show!
Thank you Natalie!
We are all supper excited about the first ever Orange County Mini Maker Faire on Saturday. Attached to this post is the schedule.
Enjoy the schedule!
We can’t wait to see you there!
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